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Breathing nose or mouth

Answered By Mick Grant & John Molvar


Hi, I'm 13 years old and a runner for my school. My best mile time is 5:34 but I didn't train too hard. I am training harder now and trying to gain as much running knowledge as I can. I have heard both ways, and was wondering if you're supposed to breathe through your mouth or nose. Also, are there any good workouts besides intervals for improving an 800. I love this site, Thank you, Philip


Dear Philip, You want to take in as much oxygen as possible when you are racing, so many runners breathe through their nose AND mouth. Some breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. You should just train and gain strength gradually over time. The ideal breathing patterns for you will develop naturally. For your 800, three things will help you as a young runner with limited experience: 1. easy distance running 2. tempo running at about 800m goal pace (200m-400m intervals) 3. speed work faster than race pace (50m-200m intervals) The challenge is balancing everything so that you get strong, stay healthy and have fun. Good luck! Fun first, Coach Mick and John

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